2015 election only opportunity to resolve the national question, says Ojo Maduekwe
THE upcoming election has been described as the only opportunity left for Nigeria to resolve the national question by voting accordingly in the coming presidential election.
Former National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and serving Ambassador to Canada , Chief Ojo Maduekwe who stated this while speaking at the PDP flag -off of the Abia 2015 presidential and governorship campaign rally, explained the implication of re-electing PDP’s presidential candidate President Goodluck Jonathan and electing Major General Mohammed Buhari of the APC.
He pointed out that while re-electing Jonathan will mean the continuity of change and accordingly resolving the national question, electing Buhari , he said is for continuity of the seclusion and provide zero opportunity to resolve the said national question.
The said national question to many , is the continuity of changing democratically the national leadership particularly, rotating the presidency among Nigeria’s component geo-political zones or sections .
Maduekwe who was also Minister of Transport , Culture and presidential Adviser at different times, therefore urged Abians and Nigerians desirous of enthroning continuity of change of leadership to vote for the re- election of president Jonathan.
“ We should not only vote for Jonathan but we must vote totally for all the PDP candidates”.
Former Senate president, Adolph Wabara and pioneer Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) Chairman Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, who spoke for Abia South and Abia Central senatorial members of the PDP respectively, indicated their people’s resolve to return Jonathan describing his government as one that provides equal and equitable opportunity for all Nigerians.
Acknowledging the support of Abians to his government, President Jonathan accompanied by his wife Dame Patience , renewed his commitment to improving power supply saying that doing so would support their entrepreneurship and industry.
State governor Theodore Orji who acknowledged President Jonathan’s love for Abia and the South east , said in times of need, he Jonathan had come to the aid of the state hence Abians are desirous of seeing to his re-election for which they increased their voting strength by registering massively to vote.
PDP national Chairman Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu who announced that the immediate past governor of the state Chief Orji Uzor Kalu sent goodwill message to the rally , disclosed that Kalu has been working with Jonathan and PDP at Abuja towards ensuring victory for the party .
Other speakers were PDP South East Leader retired Colonel Austin Akobundu, Chairman of PDP presidential Campaign Organization senator Ahmadu Ali, ex national Chairman of the party Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, Ex Anambra state governor Mr Peter Obi, Minister Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala who recalled that Jonathan deserved re election having among others, created 1.2 million jobs, made Nigeria the largest economy in Africa and had special interest in women and youths, Chairman of Ohanaeze Youth Wing Mr Okey Isiguzo said Igbo youths had endorsed Jonathan’s reelection.
High points were the earlier interaction of the president with the state traditional rulers and presentation at the rally of the state PDP Candidates for the National Assembly election and that for the state governorship Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu who was also given the PDP Flag with his deputy Hon ude a oko Chukwu, the serving Speaker of the state house of assembly.
The president described Ikpeazu as a well educated and hardworking young man and charged him to be interfacing with the youths and play politics with transparency.